44 focal species and rare natural communities


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44 focal species and rare natural communities

  • 44 focal species and rare natural communities

  • Florida Natural Areas Inventory, the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission

  • boundaries of public lands









The Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)





















Remaining Stable Black Bear Populations





Potential Black Bear Habitat in this Area







Landscape approach

  • Landscape approach

  • vs

  • Site-specific approach



Traditional Land Use Planning:

  • Traditional Land Use Planning:

  • concentrates on the characteristics of the particular site under study, with little or no consideration of surrounding features or impacts



System wide Focus



Fragmentation







Statewide Ecological Network









“It is essential that the Ecological Network be incorporated into the planning process…”



What is a Statewide Greenways System Purpose?

  • maintenance and restoration of connectivity, of ecological systems

  • It is also intended to create the opportunity for trail users

  • It is further intended to protect sites and landscapes of cultural and historic significance.













What does this have to do with this site?









At least 23 species of great conservation interest











  • Florida Forever











Why is this important??









Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors (1990) stated:

  • "proximity to greenways, rivers, and trails can increase sales price, increase the marketability of adjacent properties, and promote faster sales." This study also reported that

  • visitors from outside of Leon and Wakulla counties to the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail spent $400,000 annually in trail-use related expenses



A Study of the Users and Property Owners from Three Trails (1992 )

  • The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail has resulted in a total annual economic impact of over $1.8 million on this rural, 16 mile-long trail.



In 1993, approximately 170,000 persons used this trail, and the City of Tallahassee is currently extending it five-miles north to the Florida State University campus.



The Effects of Greenbelts on Residential Property Values, Land Economics, May 1978).

  • value of property adjacent to the greenbelt is 32 percent greater

  • aggregate property value was approximately $5.4 million greater

  • tax revenue alone could recover the initial cost of the $1.5 million greenbelt in three years



Other studies

  • Users of the Elroy-Sparta Trail in Wisconsin spend an average of 25.14 per person per day

  • The average daily per person expenditure of users of the Sugar River Trail in Wisconsin increased from $5.20 in 1979 to $10.99 in 1984

  • Surveys of users of Minnesota's Sugar Valley Trail spent between $6.11 and $13.92 per person per day

  • Users of the Heartland State Trail in Minnesota were estimated to spend $7.49 a day on the trail with an annual total of $375,800 in direct spending by trail users

  • $6.2 million in sales from Katy-Missouri River Trail tourism generated $960,000 in sales tax revenue in 1987





The National Association of Home Builders reported the value of residential property is 10 to 20 percent higher in the vicinity of park facilities (Source: Florida Planning, April 1995).



Why would Putnam County risk losing funding for the state to buy conservation lands that could bring increased property values and income into the county from trail users?









In Summary

  • This mine sits in the “Grand Central Station” of wildlife corridors

  • It is an area of great conservation interest and high biodiversity

  • The county commission must make its decision using a broad-based view, not just focusing on the property itself

  • It’s decision could have long-range implications for the future of the local Greenway

  • This CPA is against your comprehensive plan










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